Jared Bishop, Jay Hmielowski, Jezreel Kang-Graham, Andrew Morozov, Brion
White & Susan Dente Ross
To test the assumption
of a deep cultural divide between Canada and the United States, the researchers
employed critical discourse analysis to examine the texts of one U.S.
and one Canadian newspaper as artifacts and productions of the two countries'
cultural inclinations toward international conflict and peace. The authors
found differences in the intensity and pervasiveness of pro-militaristic
discourse in the two nations' media texts but did not find evidence to
support the thesis that Canada and the United States are divided by profound
and intractable distinctions of values, beliefs or cultures. Instead the
two newspapers demonstrated a noteworthy similarity of language, tone
and text that presented shared perspectives on distant political and electoral
initiatives in Israel and Palestine.
On the authors:
Bruno Baltodano is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at Washington State University. A native of Nicaragua, his research interests include political psychology, faith and revolution, and group behavior.
Jared Bishop is completing his master's degree at Washington State University. He intends to continue on to a Ph.D. to conduct research on ideology and alienation as manifested in discourse and, more generally, in communication.
Jay Hmielowski is a master's student at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. He plans to pursue a Ph.D.
Jezreel Kang-Graham is working on a Ph.D. in communication at Washington State University. His areas of research are international/intercultural communication, organizational communication, discourse analysis, and the discourse of international organizations.
Andrew Morozov is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington who completed his master's degree in communication at Washington State University.
Brion White is earning his master's degree in communication at Washington State University. He plans to pursue a Ph.D.
Susan Dente Ross is director of the Graduate Group on Peace Communication (GGPC) at Washington State University, which conducted this study. Associate professor of communication and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Ross is an expert in media law and peace journalism and a Fulbright Scholar who has published widely in communication and law journals including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Law and Policy, conflict and communication, and Mass Communication and Society. For additional information about this article or the GGPC, please contact Dr. Ross.
Address: Dr. Susan Ross, Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, 213 Murrow East, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA